Audi plans to return the Quattro to its lineup three decades after the original model debuted, sources tell Autoweek, a sibling publication of Automotive News. The Frankfurt auto show in September is shaping up as the likely backdrop for the reveal, with sales to start in 2014, the sources said.
The limited-production Quattro will aim to revive the 1984 Sport Quattro's spirit and performance potential. The new car will be priced higher than any existing Audi. It will be built on a dedicated line at the company's Quattro division in Neckarsulm, Germany.
Details remain scarce, but word is the car will ride on a modified A5 platform to help keep costs down. The Quattro will be about 8 inches shorter than the A5.
A highly tuned version of Audi's 4.0-liter V-8, probably with cylinder deactivation, will boost power to more than 600 hp -- 40 more than the recently introduced RS6 Avant that uses the same powerplant.
Power will be channeled through a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox with paddle shifters and, keeping with tradition, a Torsen torque-sensing four-wheel-drive system with a sport differential offering torque-vectoring qualities to all four wheels.
Audi hopes to keep weight down with extensive lightweight materials. The S5 weighs 3,850 pounds, and Audi is aiming for the new car to weigh significantly less.
Insiders at Audi's Ingolstadt, Germany, headquarters suggest a 0 to 62 mph time of less than four seconds and top speed approaching 186 mph -- straight-line performance matched only in the Audi lineup by the R8 V-10.